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British values should be taught in schools, says David Cameron

Following an investigation into the ‘Trojan Horse Operation’, the government has announced it will require state schools in England to teach British values in the classroom.

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Following a report from Ofsted, which has found evidence of an organised campaign, dubbed the ‘Trojan Horse Operation’, to target 21 Birmingham schools by Islamists, Prime Minister, David Cameron and Education Secretary, Michael Gove have announced that they will require state schools in England to teach British values in the classroom.

Several schools run by the Park View Educational Trust have been placed in special measures after Ofsted inspectors found systemic failings to safeguard pupils against extremism. Ofsted chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has accused Birmingham City Council of a "serious failure" in supporting schools to protect children from extremism.

At a press conference in Sweden, David Cameron has spoken about the importance of teaching the nation’s children “freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions.”

"Those are the sorts of things I would hope would be inculcated into the curriculum in any school in Britain,” said Mr Cameron, “whether it was a private school, state school, faith-based school, free school, academy or anything else.”

Speaking in the House of Commons last week, Education Secretary, Michael Gove, told MPs that he would like to see democracy, mutual respect and tolerance taught in all schools in England.

"I think what Michael Gove has said is important,” Mr Cameron has said in support of the Education Secretary, “and I think it will have the overwhelming support of everyone, including people who have come to settle in Britain and make their home in Britain."